Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Bricks by the Bay 2011 Recap

April 1, 2011

As I mentioned in an earlier post I was preparing for Bricks by the Bay so my posts would be spotty. I really am sorry I’ve been so bad at posting lately, I was pretty tired after I got back from this last LEGO convention and I’ve been fighting a cold for about two weeks, not fun! So I should be much more on the ball with posting from now on.


So Bricks by the Bay. This year was an excellent improvement on top of an already great convention from last year. Most notable was the venue change. Having the convention in a larger hotel and convention space allowed for a much roomier feeling convention, as well as lending to growth in the future.

There were a lot of awesome creations this year, including several new-to-me builders. My brother Mike (somewhat of a closet AFOL) even came along to his first LEGO Con ever. Not only did he come and help me out with my vendor table, but he also brought along a couple MOCs of his own.

Here you can see the set of Chameleons that he crafted for the Art section. He actually ended up winning “Best Little Thing” in the Art category. ๐Ÿ™‚

He also brought along his Incredible Hulk

And he even participated in the Catapult Launch

I brought along a new mosaic that I decided to make the week before the convention, my Pac Man Mosaic

Fun Fact: The Pac Man Mosaic took 20 hours to build and the score is the day and year that Pac Man was introduced in Japan. ๐Ÿ˜‰

One of the largest and most impressive displays was created by Roninlug and friends that had all kinds of lights and sound effects


The really interesting thing was that there was a Steampunk convention going on at the same time. So, naturally some of our resident LEGO steampunkers Guy Himber and Iain Heath just had to join in ๐Ÿ™‚

There are many more pictures on my Flickr photostream.

LEGO “Cowparade 2008”

September 19, 2009

This may be one of the strangest posts yet on my blog. Apparently in Billund Denmark the LEGO employees had a contest called “Cowparade 2008” in which they could decorate a LEGO cow how they saw fit. It makes me think of the actual Cowparade that began in 1999 (check out the website).

On a recent trip to Denmark Blue Moose snapped some photos of the altered bovine.

In a staff restaurant at LEGO’s headquarters in Billund, Denmark, there is a display of entries from a customised cow competition held last year called “Cowparade 2008”; it looks like it was an internal competition open to LEGO employees only.

Now some of you “purists” out there (i.e. people who don’t alter their LEGO in any way), might be shocked at the alterations these cows have under gone. I can just see some of you out there asking “why would they do that to a perfectly good LEGO cow?!!!!!” ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

Setting hysterics aside and the fact that the cow only comes in a few larger sets you have to remember that for those that work for LEGO many of them are not as obsessed with the little plastic pieces as we of the LEGO fan community. Also you if you are working for the company that makes said plastic pieces, getting a sizable number of what we would consider a rarer piece isn’t that hard. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Plus, you have to admit, some of them are pretty funny. ๐Ÿ˜€

For the last set you need to see it in its original size to fully appreciate the different models. There are so many to appreciate. The “Iron Cow” and Silver Surfing Cow are a couple of my favorites. I would have to say, it is a mooooooooving experience. *

*Sorry, bad joke. ๐Ÿ˜†

Art on the Fourth Floor

September 11, 2009

LEGO Art on 4th Floor Logo

“Art on the Fourth Floor” art show is at The Front Building on Saturday September 12th. It’s open to the public, and the admission is free. A dozen local artists including Painters, Sculptors, Fashion & Jewelry designers, etc., will be displaying their creations at this show.

I am one of the 12 artists displaying at the art show. I’ll be displaying some of my sculptures and mosaics as well as selling my book. This will take place on Saturday September 12th, from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, is open to the public, and the admission is free. If you live in the San Diego area come and join us.

The address is 1446 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101, on the Fourth Floor!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The “Love” of LEGO

March 6, 2009

LEGO, Robert Indiana Style, originally uploaded by Bill Ward’s Brickpile.

Bill Ward created this wonderful take on Robert Indiana’s 1970 LOVE sculpture.


On his blog he writes:

The only hard part design-wise was coming up with a โ€œGโ€ design that matched the other letters, since โ€œLOVEโ€ already provided me with a design for โ€œL,โ€ โ€œE,โ€ and โ€œO.โ€ But structurally, I found it to be much more of a challenge to build the โ€œLEGOโ€ sculpture, largely because the round letters on the bottom didnโ€™t provide nearly as good support for the top letters as the โ€œVEโ€ in โ€œLOVEโ€ did. However, thanks to some very long bricks (1ร—16 and 2ร—10) I was able to make it work.

My wife and I discussed the color scheme extensively before we finally decided on the one you see here. I wanted to keep blue and green apart from each other, and I wanted to keep red on the right hand side in case it is displayed next to the โ€œLOVEโ€ sculpture. (Sadly, I donโ€™t have any good photographs of the two together – I didnโ€™t have any place big enough that didnโ€™t have a horrible background – but hopefully I can update later to add one.)

You can see both this sculpture, and the one that inspired it on Flickr.